Officials: Driver stopped with fake passenger made from duffel bag, blankets in Washington

WASHINGTON — A driver in the HOV lane in Washington was stopped with a fake passenger made from a duffel bag and blankets, officials say.

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According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson on Twitter, the driver was stopped southbound on Interstate 5 near the King County and Snohomish County line.

KIRO reported that the incident happened on Thursday morning after a trooper found that the driver was in the HOV lane with no passengers in the car.

It was learned that the driver allegedly used a duffel bag, blankets and a hat to put together a fake passenger in the front seat, Trooper Johnson said, according to KIRO.

No further information has been released, but Trooper Johnson did say that the driver provided no excuse.

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